Thank You for My Year Abroad

Annika J. is currently a junior at SYA France and a blogger for the Campus Reporter program. She comes to SYA from Lakeside School in Washington.

As I sit in front of my computer tonight, I’m baffled at the fact that I have less than two weeks left of my school year abroad. It feels like only yesterday I met my peers and started school in France. Over the past eight months, I’ve been committed to writing authentic blogs that represent the most important aspects of my experience here. However, for this final blog, I feel as though I need to mention all of the aspects of my experience that I’ve treasured. So, instead, I’ve decided to write a thank you blog for my year abroad. I hope that with this piece of gratitude, I’ll have ended the year on a good and reflective note. 

First, thank you to Bluebird Coffee Shop.

for the best iced matcha lattes and bagels in all of Rennes. 

Thank you to Creperie Sainte Anne for making the best champignon oeuf galette.

Thank you to Champs Libres for being the best after-school study spot.

Thank you to the metro for quickly getting me to school when I’m unfortunately late.

Thank you to the little boulangerie on Rue de Vasselot for making the best pain au raisin I’ve ever had in my life. 

Thank you to the Marché des Lices for being the best place for Saturday morning walks and selling the biggest and freshest strawberries. 

Thank you to the Parc du Thabor for the many afternoon picnics, walks, and hangouts with friends that last for hours. 

Thank you to Place Hoche for always selling cute and cheap clothes. 

Thank you to the Free phone store for giving me cellular data this past year.

Thank you to the Christmas Markets that made the dreary December weather all the better.

Thank you for the independent travel opportunities I’ve taken to go to Paris, Disneyland, Dinan, and Ajaccio.

Thank you to Carrefour next to the school for selling Starbucks double espresso shots when I need them.

Thank you to the SYA France school building, a gorgeous old mansion converted into a school, for housing a million memories with friends and teachers.

Thank you for the unusually warm and sunny Bretagne days we’ve had all spring. 

Thank you to the beautiful sunrises outside my window at 06h30 that get me excited for my day ahead.

Thank you to the city of Rennes for being the perfect size to feel like home but also being large enough to host an abundance of activities and opportunities. 

Thank you to my parents for providing me with the opportunity to study abroad - I literally would not have been able to experience this and grow as a person without your love and support. 

Thank you to my host mom for introducing me to French culture, making the best galettes for dinner, and being my best friend in the house. 

Thank you to all of my friends who have truly made this experience the best of my life - I will forever be grateful for all of our laughs and time spent together and will forever cherish you. 

Thank you to all of my teachers who have been invested in my personal and academic growth since day one of this program - you have all taught me more than I could have ever imagined and for that, I am beyond grateful. 

Thank you for my year abroad. I will miss you, hold on to you, and treasure you for the rest of my life. 

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